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Rinaldo Capello
Marco Werner
The dream team - Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen

Essen, November 27, 2003

The Audi R8, which has dominated the international sportscar scene for years, is developing into a true classic. Customer and importer teams will again benefit from the superior technology of the Audi R8 and its powerful FSI engine with 550 hp during the 2004 season.

Endurance Races in Europe & America
The Audi customer teams Champion, Goh and Veloqx plan campaigns in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the new European Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) with support from the Audi importers in North America, Japan and Great Britain.

“Even if our 2004 works commitment is concentrated in the DTM, the sportscar involvement remains an important field of competition for Audi,” says Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “Our importer and customer teams can compete at the highest level with the Audi R8 and have, as a result, the best possible chances of victory. In the meantime, we realise how high the standards are that we set with the R8 for the competition.”

Audi Sport does not only support the involvement of the customer teams and importers on a technical level. They also make available their successful works drivers, first and foremost Le Mans winner Rinaldo Capello and the defending ALMS Champion Marco Werner. “Both expressed the wish to continue with sportscar racing,” explains Dr Ullrich. “On top of that, with Pierre Kaffer a young German driver will get the chance from Audi to establish himself in the sportscar scene.”

24h Races at the Nuerburgring & Le Mans
A portion of the new DTM driver line-up will compete in the 24-hour race at Le Mans on 12/13 June 2004, including Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro, who together won at Le Mans three times in succession in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.

All three Audi customer teams plan to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Team Champion Racing will continue its involvement in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) during the 2004 season. Audi Sport Japan Team Goh and the newly formed Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx contest the Le Mans Endurance Series.

Le Mans Endurance Series

05/09 Monza (I)
07/11 Nürburgring (D)
08/15 Silverstone (GB)
09/12 Spa-Francorchamps (B)

24 Hour races

04/25 Le Mans pre-practice (F)
06/12-13 Le Mans (F)
06/12-13 Nürburgring (D)

American Le Mans Series

03/20 Sebring (USA)
06/27 Mid-Ohio (USA)
07/05 Lime Rock (USA)
07/18 Infineon Raceway (USA)
07/25 Portland (USA)
08/08 Mosport (CDN)
08/22 Road America (USA)
09/25 Road Atlanta (USA)
10/16 Laguna Seca (USA)

This new championship revives the classic 1000 kilometre races at Monza (Italy), Spa (Belgium), and Silverstone (Great Britain) and at the Nürburgring (Germany). “We are delighted that the ACO and Stèphane Ratel have succeeded in reviving the great endurance races that once flourished in Europe, and will do everything within our power to support this new series,” says Head of Audi Sport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich. “It is very important that, with the LMES, there is now a stage, in addition to Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series, allowing sport prototypes to perform in the important European markets.”